2012 Booker Prize Shortlist
Earlier this week, the shortlist for the 2012 Booker Prize was announced. The six titles, selected from the longlist of 12 announced in July, include two debut novels, three small independent publishers, two former shortlisted authors, and one previous winner. The finalists are:
- Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists (Myrmidon Books)
- Deborah Levy, Swimming Home (And Other Stories/Faber & Faber)
- Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)
- Alison Moore, The Lighthouse (Salt)
- Wil Self, Umbrella (Bloomsbury)
- Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis (Faber & Faber)
Being selected for the shortlist of this prestigious literary award is a notable achievement, as each of the authors receive £2,500 along with a specially commissioned hand-bound edition of his/her book. The winner is awarded an additional £50,000 and can generally be assured of international acclaim and success.
As a personal aside, my particular interest in the Booker Prize has been spurred by my recent volunteer experience at The Morgan Library & Museum, where I catalog monographs in their Booker Prize Collection. The collection is comprised of some 3,000+ items that were donated to the institution by an avid collector. I’ve read the 2011 winner, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, as well as the 1981 winner, Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie–both of which are captivating novels, well deserving of the prize’s tagline, “fiction at its finest.”
The winner of this year’s prize will be announced in London on October 16 at a ceremony covered by the BBC.